Today I had all intentions of doing yoga after work. Checked my blood sugar after clocking outta work. 69mg/dL. Diabetes didn’t agree. Sh*t!
If it weren’t for the fact that this instructor makes my blood sugars plummet every-single-time I take her class, I would have gone. So instead of running into a great yoga class, I’m sitting in my car, drinking juice boxes and waiting for my blood sugar to go up!
The whole situation made me think of how many times I avoid doing things because of my diabetes. Or how many times other times I have to do something because of my diabetes? So I compiled a list of the top 10 things diabetes does to complicate my life.
- Avoiding a Yoga Class because of an already low blood sugar (or any other exercise). As noted above, I am pretty upset that I am not working out right now. Sports in high school where also pretty rough. But, I made it through!
- Avoiding meals with big carb counts to avoid a high (and unpredictable) blood sugars hours later. Pizza, raviolis and lasagna being the worst for me!
- Getting out of bed in the middle of the night because of a low and needing juice and/or a snack. It happens way to often. I’ve learned to go to bed with a juice box beside me, but some nights, that just isnt enough.
- Getting out of bed in the middle of the night because for a high. It’s a telltale sign that I’m high when I need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Occasionally I will wake up to extreme thirst from a high, but typically I have something to drink next to me.
- Driving because of a low blood sugar. Driving with a low blood sugars causes you to drive as though you were drunk. (It could be considered DUI if you were to get pulled over. If you were given a breathalyzer, your blood alcohol count could also be above the ‘normal’ limit.)
- OmniPod or Dexcom alarming at the most awkward times. Last week, I was in church sitting behind a t1d friend of mine. We both use OmniPod. We heard it alarm, and both of us put our hands over it to silence the noise. She was the culprit and it was her pod telling her it was time to change. But, that’s not the point! It was a very awkward time to alarm!
- Wardrobe Malfunctions. I wear two things attached to my body 24/7… The OmniPod Insulin Pump “Pod” and the Dexcom G4 Continuous Glucose Monitor “transmitter.” It can be very difficult to wear the outfits I want to wear each day because of a pod or transmitter placement. Today, nothing fit ‘right’ and I could clearly see decom on my upper thy under my pants!
- My Mood. With a high blood sugar, you’d think I was full on PMSing. With a low, I act like I’m stoned. Just no winning.
- Not always quite feeling “safe.” I can never have enough snacks on hand. I can never have enough insulin in my test kit. I can never quite eat enough with a low. I can never quite get myself enough insulin to bring down a high. It’s a balancing act, and it’s definitely hard to feel safe at one blood sugar. It can easily change 10 minutes from then!
- Being able to just pick up and go. Nope, can never quite do that. My husband and I once went to the grocery store, and he was paying, so I left my purse, wallet and meter at home. In the middle of the super market, OmniPod started doing the ‘scream of death.’ I had an occlusion and no meter with me to turn it off. Needless to stay, I put my arm over pod to somewhat silence the noise, but we got some mighty strange looks when I grabbed something off the shelf! Living with diabetes always makes me wonder “how long will we be out?”, “Do I need to bring my purse & meter?”, and “Do I have enough test strips / insulin / glucose tablets until I get back home?”
Remember the “Ice Bucket Challenge”? A new awareness challenge is trending! The diabetes “Egg-Crack Challenge” was started by a young man who recently passed away due to complications of type 1 diabetes. Students from Villanova University took it to the next level to promote awareness and doing the Diabetes Egg-Crack Challenge.
Crack, donate, nominate. Let’s see your video. Maybe you’ll see me doing the diabetes “Egg-Crack Challenge” in a video soon…
If you plan to join in the challenge, please remember to donate to JDRF! Donations can be made online here. Also, don’t forget to share your link in the comments below!!! I’d love to see it.
Today I woke up in a daze. The clocks were all different; I was lightheaded and everything around me felt so strange. I just knew my blood sugar was low. I quickly grabbed a juice box, took a selfie and proceeded to check my blood sugar level.
Yes, that is definitely a low blood sugar kind of daze. My hubby claims that my pupils get really small with low blood sugars, so I’m testing out his theory.
I was surprised at how low my blood sugar was. How was I functioning? Somehow my sensor for dexcom must have gone bad. There are no readings for the last 2 hours. It didn’t alert me. It didn’t wake me up. It didn’t prevent my extremely low blood sugar from happening. At first I thought it could have been from sleeping on the sensor. Now that I’ve been awake and it still not showing a reading, I know it needs to be changed.
Both my omnipod and Dexcom need to have the times changed today. Hopefully that will also get my blood sugars back on track!
Please remember to spring forward all of your diabetic devices too. If you need help to change the time on your Dexcom or Omnipod, click here to read an old post with step by step instructions.
If you didn’t already know, today is National Employee Appreciation Day. My company decided to send the HR staff around with a plate of cookies to show the company’s appreciation.
Well, sometimes it is things like that that feel like a slap in the face to a type 1 diabetic. I really want a cookie. I really want a cookie! I took that cookie.
I told the HR lady that I would love one, but had to wait until my blood sugars went down. She said, “well, just take one. Is there anything you can do so that you can eat the cookie?” I said “yes, I need to take extra insulin.” “Well, just do that then” was her response.
Poof, insulin gets injected/bolused and my blood sugar is normal. Oh man! If only my diabetic life was that easy.
Now, I have the cookie sitting here on my desk. I am contemplating eating it, but with a blood sugar of 150 (and dropping), I know I have a wait. I gave myself the insulin. And slowly, it’s coming down.
I ate that cookie. And man did it feel good! Blood sugars are now stable at 110mg/dL and I want another one. Luckily, they are all gone and I don’t have to be a “bad” diabetic!
Thanks for the Employee Appreciation cookie.
As Dexcom says, order a new transmitter! The transmitter is the small sensor piece that clips into the adhesive piece attached to the body.
After going on the Dexcom website, it says that the Dexcom transmitter battery lasts at least six (6) months. I guess I’ve have a great battery because it’s been over a year since I started using it! When the Dexcom G4 first came out is when this transmitter and receiver were first used. I have a new receiver waiting to be used, but I am waiting for that battery to die first too.
I called my new medical supply company to order a new transmitter, but they need to get authorization from my endocrinologist doc. Hopefully that doesn’t take too long. Today I recieved a callback, and they are still waiting on forms from my doctor (apparently they had the wrong fax number!) The representative on the phone said my battery should last for a few more days. Dexcom’s website says to replace the transmitter as soon as possible. The battery may drain as quickly as one week after this alert appears. Luckily (well, for now at least) it’s been about 3 days since I first got the alert.
Hopefully my transmitter will last until I can receive a new one in the mail. It’s really scary how reliant I have become on my whole Dexcom G4 platinum system. The receiver is attached at my hip more than a cell phone is to a teenager… And that’s just because I’m not charging it every night!
Have you ever been in that “spring cleaning” mood? Over the weekend I was. I’ve been sick for the last few days and I thought a deep cleaning of our bedroom would make me feel better. My idea was to wash everything on our bed (comforter, sheets, pillows etc) and do major vacuuming, mopping of the floor and dusting.
In doing so, I pulled out my night table to get the dust that collected. At first, I found some test strips which I had expected. They tend to fall on the floor when I’m checking my blood sugars at 3:00am. What I found next I was not expecting…
I found proof behind our bed that a diabetic lives here.
Look at all those juice box wrappers! A whole bunch of them behind my bed.
Yup, you’d think a child slept in this bed. You’d think I never cleaned. And you’d think I’m a slob.
Well, I’m not. I’m just a type 1 diabetic trying to correct a low blood sugar in the middle of the night.